WJYAA Lacrosse FAQ
Q: When is Lacrosse Season?
A: Registration in January/February. Practices start in March and games are April – May
Q: What equipment is required?
A: For the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade teams, players will need a helmet, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads and a Lacrosse stick. Cleats are recommended. For pee-wee’s all equipment will be provided. For Middle School, All protective equipment will be provided thanks to a grant from US Lacrosse.
Q: Isn’t Lacrosse equipment expensive?
A: There are many outlets for lacrosse gear including Craigslist and used equipment providers. You should be able to get your child well equipped for no more than you’d spend on sneakers for basketball or a new bat for baseball. The equipment should be usable for multiple years as well.
Q: Does my child need to choose between Lacrosse and Baseball/Soccer?
A: At these ages Lacrosse only overlaps the first few weeks of baseball practice and happens at the same time as Soccer. 3/4 and 5/6 games are on Sundays so there would be no conflicts on game days. WJYAA will do everything it can to work around practice schedules to allow kids to participate. If your young athlete is interested in Middle School lacrosse, they can still play a school sport. OSHAA dictates that you can't play a club sport while participating for a school team IN THE SAME SPORT. WJYAA Rider Middle School lacrosse is considered a club team, but in no way negates the ability to participate in school sports.
Q: Where would we play?
A: for 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade we’ll be a member of COYLL (Central Ohio Youth Lacrosse League). We’ll have home games at Converse Park on the Lacrosse (football) field and also at Garrette Park. Pee-wee’s will play in a self-contained 5 on 5 league designed to teach them the basics of lacrosse in a safe environment.
Q: Can girls play?
A: YES! We don’t anticipate having enough girls to have a separate girls’ team. Girls would compete on a co-ed team following boy’s rules. As interest in the sport grows, we could add girls teams in the future.
Q: I don’t know much about the sport. How can my family learn more about it?
A: There are numerous resources available on the internet to get exposure to, and learn more about Lacrosse. A few examples would be YouTube, and https://www.uslacrosse.org/
Q: Is Lacrosse dangerous?
A: As with any sport, there are risks involved. With the protective equipment required to play Lacrosse, the risks are greatly minimized. The pee-wee’s will be using ultra-soft Lacrosse balls to further diminish the possibility of any injury WJYAA really needs your help, support and most of all your kids to make launching this program a success. We look forward to providing another awesome opportunity for the youth of our community!
Jerry Fitzpatrick Operation Trustee - WJYAA
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